William Jones and Elizabeth Noey win Wildflower Collegiate Triathlon
William Jones of UC San Diego and Elizabeth Noey of UCLA win Wildflower Olympic distance Collegiate titles; Mark Tripp and Megan Monroy win individual crowns.
Posted: Sunday, May 6, 2012
LAKE SAN ANTONIO, California -- In a fitting finale to the 30th anniversary of Wildflower Triathlons, former champions Chris McCormack and Julie Moss mixed it up Sunday with the collegians and the independent amateurs at the Wildflower Olympic distance race Sunday.
When the racing was done, McCormack, a two time Ironman World Champion, a 1997 ITU Olympic distance world titlist and four-time Wildflower long course champion, posted the fastest time of the day, 2:03:06, which was 1:43 quicker than Individual men's overall winner Mark Tripp of Redondo Beach, California and 3:33 faster than Collegiate winner William Jones of La Jolla, California.
For McCormack, the run event was both a catered workout for next weekend's San Diego round of the ITU World Triathlon Series, which will present the 39-year-old champion a a crucial test for the Australian men's Olympic triathlon team, as well as a chance to support a race he calls "the soul of the sport."
"I used it as a good training day," said McCormack, who won the Wildflower long course in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2008. "But for me the biggest thing was just to be a part of it. This race is getting bigger and bigger every year. All those people cheering you at the top of the hill - it was just incredible. That is what's cool about this race. The spirit of the kids. They keep it relevant. They keep it fresh. They keep it Wildflower."
Collegiate men's winner Jones said he enjoyed racing with the legendary McCormack even more than his victory. " It was really great for Macca to come out and race with us,'" said the 25-year-old UC San Diego grad student in oceanography. "That was one of the coolest things I've ever done. It really shows how much fun he has everywhere he goes and how much he supports the sport at every level."
Julie Moss, the woman whose inspiring crawl to the finish at Ironman Hawaii 30 years ago and captured on film by ABC Wide World of Sports, helped ignite the popularity of the sport, won Wildflower in 1987 and made a fine showing today as a 54-year part time athlete. Moss finished in 2:51:09 on the tough, hilly Wildflower Olympic distance test, then took up her work as an announcer for the Tri-California event without missing a beat.
In the collegiate men's contest, Bill Jones opened with a swift 17:39 swim which gave him a 1:57 edge on eventual runner-up Swiad Worms of the University of Montana and a 2-second advantage on Thomas Roos of Stanford University. Jones hung close to McCormack for nearly half the bike until he had to stop to fix a thrown chain, which also gave Worms the opening to make up his deficit on the swim. With all his troubles, Jones' 1:08:5 bike put 37 seconds more time on Roos. Jones closed the door on his collegiate rivals with a 37:39 10k run over Wildflower's massive hills and dusty trails that put 57 seconds on Worms, who finished 54 seconds back of Jones in 2nd, and 38 seconds on Roos, who finished 3rd, 23 seconds back of Worms.
In the collegiate women's race, Elizabeth Noey, a 27-year-old third year grad student in organic chemistry at UCLA, almost had her race ended before the start. "I was swimming in after a warm up when one of the men was blinded as he swam out into the sun and ran his head into my nose," she said. "Luckily, it wasn't broken and I didn’t feel it during the race."
Noey started her day with a 23:00 swim, which was 5:01 back of super swimmer Taylor Spivey of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. But Noey's 2nd-best 1:16:42 bike propelled her quickly toward the front. By the bike turnaround at the 12-mile mark, she was just 2 minutes down to Spivey and Cal Poly teammate Brittany Braden and Oregon State Molly Magraw. At the 17-mile mark, Noey had passed both of them and trailed only Magraw at the bike to run transition. " At about 4k, I passed a girl from the Oregon State Beavers. She wore a beaver tail on her uniform. She actually said 'Good job,' and didn't fight at all. Then I told myself she was going to try to catch me. She wasn't, but I told myself that because I didn't want to get comfortable."
Ultimately, Noey's track and cross country experience -- she had a 4:44 1500-meter best at the University of San Francisco -- held her surge and she hit the finish in 2:23:14 with a 3 minute margin of victory over runner-up Magraw and 5:07 over Braden, who took third.
Mark Tripp, 32, of Redondo Beach, California, bested all the collegiate men with a 2:04:49 finish that gave him a 3:55 margin of victory over 27-year-old Chris Prevost of San Diego in the Individual men's overall standings. John Murphy, 48, of Napa California took third, another 44 seconds back of Prevost.
Megan Monroy, 29, of Los Alamitos, California won the women's Individual overall title with a 2:23:57 finish that was 43 seconds slower that Noey's winning collegiate time, but 2:41 better than Individual women's overall runner-up Carly Johann of Los Angeles. Leia Fazio of San Jose, California, 32, took 3rd in the Individual women's category, 56 seconds second back of Johann.
In all, there were more than 1,900 entries in the Wildflower Olympic distance event.
Wildflower Olympic distance Triathlon
Lake San Antonio, California
May 6, 2012
S 1.5k / B 40k / R 10k
1. William Jones (25, La Jolla CA) 2:06:39
2. Swiad Worms, 21, (Missoula MT) 2:07:33
3. Thomas Roos, 27, (Stanford CA) 2:07:56
4. Blair Bronson, 24, (Corvallis OR) 2:08:35
5. Scott Kolofer, 21, (San Luis Obispo CA) 2:09:57
6. Grant Rice, 20, (Colorado Springs CO) 2:13:26
7. Grant Eldridge, 22, (Happy Valley OR) 2:14:30
8. Chris Fuentes, 23, (Berkeley CA) 2:15:20
9. Andrew Roos, 27, (Culver City CA) 2:17:12
10. Dan Nguyen, 25, (Milpitas CA) 2:17:34
1. Elizabeth Noey, 27, (Los Angeles CA) 2:23:14
2. Molly Magraw, 23, (Corvallis OR) 2:26:14
3. Brittany Braden, 23, (Goleta CA) 2:28:21
4. Taylor Spivey, 21, (San Luis Obispo CA) 2:28:52
5. Joanna Coker, 20, (Ben Lomond CA) 2:30:05
6. Ellen Tani, 29, (Stanford CA) 2:32:12
7. Anna Scharfen, 26, (Los Angeles CA) 2:32:59
8. Lizzy Gruber, 23, (Redding CA) 2:33:32
9. Katherine Ellis, 24, (San Diego CA) 2:35:18
10. Hannah Riedl, 31, (Missoula MT) 2:38:52
1. Mark Tripp, 32, (Redondo Beach CA) 2:04:49
2. Chris Prevost, 27, (San Diego CA) 2:08:44
3. John Murphy, 48, (Napa, CA) 2:09:28
4. Thomas Taylor, 37, (Brentwood CA) 2:13:21
5. Sam Aleman, 16, (Exeter CA) 2:13:40
6. Thomas Emerick, 47, (San Francisco CA) 2:14:16
7. Andrew Campbell, 33, (San Francisco CA) 2:14:40
8. Adam Little, 30, (Omaha NE) 2:16:05
9. Nick Cosman, 31, (Kingston, Ontario, CAN) 2:16:17
10. Trevor Davies, 39, (Kingston, Ontario, CAN) 2:16:44.
1. Megan Monroy, 29, (Los Alamitos CA) 2:23:57
2. Carly Johann, 29, (Los Angeles CA) 2:26:38
3. Leia Fazio, 32, (San Jose CA) 2:27:34
4. Sarah Cameto, 32, (Clayton CA) 2:29:22
5. Madi Serpico, 20, (Calgary, Alberta CAN) 2:30:45
6. Rachel Mann, 36, (Richmond CA) 2:31:06
7. Annie Creasy, 19, (San Luis Obispo CA) 2:31:09
8. Robin Soares, 38, (Auburn CA) 2:32:31
9. Karin Laberge, 48, (San Ramos CA) 2:36:13
10. Barbara Lemoine, 43, (San Luis Obispo CA) 2:36:30
Physically Challenged Men
1. Mohamed Lahna, 30, (San Mateo CA) 3:06:51
2. Nick Roumonada, 34, (Del Mar CA) 3:13:26
3. Tony Troccoli, 48, (Rancho Cucamonga CA) 3:33:29
4. Michael Catanzaro, 24, (San Ramon CA) 3:33:55
5. Creighton Wong, 39, (Danville CA) 4:20:38
Physically Challenged Female
1. Tisa Cawthon, 36, (Monterey CA) 3:49:32
2. Pamela Khater, 28, (Los Angeles CA) 4:01:39
3. Heidi Musser, 46, (Chicago IL) 4:04:37
Olympic Distance Champions of Wildflower
1. Chris McCormack , 39, (Australia) 2:03:06
Swim 18:21 Bike 1:06:13 Run 35:49
1. Julie Moss, 54, (Cardiff CA) 2:51:09
Swim 24:18 Bike 1:28:43 Run 50:59